Dees’ defence ended by inspired Lions as Pies take another leap forward

Clayton Oliver handballs with two Brisbane players behind him

The premiership dream ended for two more teams, including the reigning champs, while others enjoyed historic victories that could set the scene for greater glory.

Welcome to the AFL Round-Up, where we digest the week that was.

A proud night for Brisbane

It’s not an exaggeration to say that was probably the best Brisbane Lions win since the 2003 grand final.

With honourable mentions to the 2004 prelim, the 2009 elimination final against Carlton (the Kevin Rudd game), The Miracle on Grass and the Lincoln McCarthy game against Geelong in late 2019, this was a milestone moment for the Lions.

This was a win that meant the world to the Lions.(Getty Images: Michael Willson)

Their season had seemingly petered out with such alarming malaise that few gave them much chance of beating Richmond at home a week ago. And yet here they are, en route to a prelim having seen off the holders of four of the last five premiership cups in consecutive knockout finals.

It didn’t seem possible with 15 seconds left in the first half, with Melbourne leading by 28 points and keeping a timid Brisbane at bay.

Author: Ivan Robinson